July 14, 2018

          

On the fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time Fr. Romeo told us that “God calls all of us on a mission to pass on the faith.”

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to stay focused [on] the fact that you are always with me and that I have always been a part of your holy plan— from the beginning of time.  While that fact is overwhelming, I know that it is true and that you alone will provide all that is needed to overcome my inadequacies and failures.  Thank you, Jesus.  [P]lease take my heart and empower me with the courage to use my life however you wish (Larry Hopp).

“Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth ” (Ephesians 5:8).

          

July 15, 2018

      

July 8, 2018

            

If any of the things that make up my spiritual practices are done out of a hope for gaining something, then I should immediately stop doing them!  Our Lady does not care how many rosaries one says or even if one says it at all.  However, she does care about the extent to which we are evermore opening our hearts to her Son.  Jesus remains the focus and foundation of her eternal life; thus, she continues to serve him by encouraging us to do the same (Fr. Gary Caster in Prayer Everywhere: The Spiritual Life Made Simple).

“Today’s scriptures together remind us that God’s ways are not what we would expect and that God offers us more than we are generally ready to accept” (Mary M. McGlone in the National Catholic Reporter).

            

            

July 8, 2018

                

June 30, 2018

            

Let all partake of the feast of faith.  Let all receive the riches of goodness.  Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.  Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.  Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free (St. John Chrysostom).

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for your woe, plans to give you a future full of hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

            

            

            

July 1, 2018

                

June 23, 2018

            

On the solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Fr. Romeo told us that we, like St. John and Jesus, are called to fulfill God’s master plan.  The more we trust God, the more we use our gifts and talents to live our vocation.

Dear God, “you called John the Baptist to give testimony to you by his life and even by his death; help us to imitate his unceasing witness to your truth” (“Intercessions,” Liturgy of the Hours).

            

            

            

June 24, 2018

                

June 16, 2018

            

Jesus wants us to trust him to take care of all our yesterdays and tomorrows.  He looks for souls who are willing to see the Father in every happening, then give that circumstance to him to solve, justify, make right, or straighten out.  It is not easy but it is peaceful, for we are bearing good fruit.  God is bearing fruit within us (Mother Angelica, Suffering & Burnout; 2017).

“The reign of God is like an insignificant seed, overlooked by most but cherished by those who know that it is brimming with potential” (Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA).

            

           

           

           

           

June 17, 2018

               

               

June 9, 2018

            

In Christ even our failures become a source of grace when we accept them in imitation of his humility and courage; even our anxieties become a path to holiness when we ally them with his sufferings.  All that we do and say, if it is done and said in Christ, is done and said well; for true wellness is life in Christ (Clayton C. Barbeau, The Father of the Family; 2013).

“Let us understand that God is a physician and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation” (St. Augustine).

            

            

                

June 10, 2018

                

June 3, 2018

            

When you have received [Jesus in holy communion], stir up your heart to do him homage; speak to him about your spiritual life, gazing upon him in your soul where he is present for your happiness; welcome him as warmly as possible; and behave outwardly in such a way that your actions may give proof to all of his presence (St. Francis de Sales).

“The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white host” (Archbishop Sheen).

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

         

June 3, 2018